HOW DO I APPLY FOR A BURSARY FOR MY CHILD?
If you wish to apply for a bursary you need to request an 'Application for a Place at Highgate School' form from our Admissions Office. Please complete this form and when you get to the question ‘Would acceptance of a place be dependent upon on a Bursary?’, tick the ‘Yes’ box. You should return the completed application form to the Admissions Office before the deadline as published on our website.
IS THE ACADEMIC SELECTION PROCESS SEPARATE TO THE BURSARY APPLICATION?
Yes. Your child has to be considered for a place on academic merit alone before being considered for a bursary. Those marking the tests and carrying out the interviews will not know that you have applied for a bursary. Therefore, the academic selection process is separate from the bursary process, so if your child meets the school’s academic standards he/she will still be offered a place regardless of being awarded a bursary.
ARE TEST RESULTS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN AWARDING A BURSARY?
Yes. Applicants have to be considered for a place before we consider them for a bursary. For 11+ and 13+, they have to do well enough in both the tests and interview to be offered a place. When deciding whether to award a bursary a number of factors are taken into account, including academic performance in our assessments and interview, current school reports and predicted SATS/Common Entrance/GCSE results, as well as financial circumstances. However, academic performance will have no impact on the size of the bursary we decide to award.
IS THERE A SIBLING POLICY? IF MY CHILD HAS A BROTHER/SISTER AT THE SCHOOL ALREADY, WILL THEY GET PRIORITY?
We do not have a sibling policy. Although we will give careful consideration to siblings, we do not give them priority, and each child will be assessed on his or her individual merits. Children are assessed relative to all other candidates applying in that particular year. Therefore, there is no advantage or disadvantage to having a sibling already at the school.
IS THE BURSARY GUARANTEED EVERY YEAR MY CHILD IS AT THE SCHOOL?
All bursary awards are subject to review of parents’/carers’ financial circumstances each year, and may be varied upwards or downwards depending on changes in circumstances. Parents/carers of bursary holders in Years 8, 10 and 12 are required to complete a Statement of Financial Circumstances in June, for return by the end of that month, and are likely to be visited at home. Parents/carers of bursary holders in other years are asked to sign a declaration that their financial circumstances have not changed since the preceding home visit.
WHAT FACTORS ARE CONSIDERED WHEN ASSESSING THE SIZE OF BURSARY AWARD THAT MIGHT BE AWARDED?
We judge each application carefully, taking into account
• all sources of income
• all outgoings
• all assets (e.g. property, savings, shares)
• all liabilities (e.g. mortgage, arrears, loans)
• the value and council tax band of the family home
• the size of the family